Modelia Smith

Brief Life History of Modelia

When Modelia Smith was born on 1 December 1885, in Pickett, Tennessee, United States, her father, John Ledford “Cam” Smith, was 23 and her mother, Amanda Melvina Jane Garrett, was 21. She had at least 6 sons and 5 daughters with Alford Winton South. She lived in Civil District 2, Scott, Tennessee, United States in 1920 and Civil District 4, Fentress, Tennessee, United States in 1940. She died on 10 March 1965, in Fentress, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Grimsley, Fentress, Tennessee, United States.

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Alford Winton South
Modelia Smith
Dewey Curtis South
Nannie Cratis South
James Carlos South
George Thomas South
John South
Millard Ivory South
Nellie C South
Robert South
Dessie B South
Margie Edyth South
Herbert South

Sources (13)

  • Della South in household of Alph South, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Modelia Smith South, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Delia Smith in entry for Nannie C Gooding, "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994"

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Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .

English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .

Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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